With temperatures dipping the urge to lap up warm foods is only rising. Local halwais and sweet shops are lined with everything you need to eat this winter, not just to keep yourself warm but also rekindle your romance with all the seasonal traditional Indian sweets that only come during this time.The halwas and gajaks need your attention now, not just because they are delicious, but also because they provide the much needed warmth during this nippy weather.
Take a look at these unmissable sweets and their recipes that will compel you to definitely step in the kitchen right away!
1. Moong ki dal ka halwa
Moong ki dal ka halwa is everyone's favourite during winters because of the presence of lots of pure ghee and the warmth it provides. Preparing this ghee laden dessert is a time-taking task, but surely is worth the effort. It also has a long shelf-life so can be carried along anywhere and enjoyed anytime of the day. Here is the recipe for a bowl of yummy Moong dal ka halwa.
2. Gajar ka halwa
The onset of winter gives you a chance to pick a variety of fresh and colourful vegetables and fruits. One such vegetable is carrot; the bright red coloured delights make way for some amazing gajar-ka-halwa as the temperatures dips. The delicious halwa made with grated gajar and milk or khoya and sugar has its own charm and nothing can beat it. Don't you agree! Here is a recipe of gajar ka halwa you'd love to try at home.
The delicious halwa made with grated gajar and milk or khoya and sugar has its own charm
We all wait for gajak and chikki to arrive with the advent of winter. The sweets made with jaggery and peanuts, sesame seeds among others make for a toothsome dessert. The irresistible taste of these sweets will make you want to have more than just one. While making gajak is a daunting task, you can still try making a slightly easier form of chikki and enjoy after your meals.
We all wait for gajak and chikki to arrive with the advent of winter.
4. Til Ladoo
This traditional ladoo is made with roasted sesame seeds and crushed peanuts along with jaggery and laced with cardamom to make it irresistibly delicious; bonus it has lots and lots of ghee to add to the aroma and flavour. The sticky ladoo is good to have during winter because it has a hot potency that will keep you warm and cozy this winter. Want to make some healthy til ladoos at home? Here's the recipe.
This traditional ladoo is made with roasted sesame seeds and crushed peanuts along with jaggery
Naan-khatai is an authentic Indian cookie like sweet that is made with maida or all-purpose flour, sooji or semolina, butter or ghee, powdered sugar and cardamom and pistachios for garnishing. Bake these cookies and enjoy it whenever you wish to, especially after your meals.
6. Gondh ke ladoo
If you thought gondh ke ladoo is just a healthy medicinal sweet for pregnant ladies or new mothers, you are wrong. This warming sweet can be devoured by anyone looking for a sweet treat. Made using wheat flour, edible gum, sugar, ghee, melon seeds, almonds, elaichi, et al, this dessert will leave you asking for more. Here's a recipe for gondh ke ladoo.
This warming sweet can be devoured by anyone looking for a sweet treat
7. Gulab jamun
While gulab jamun can be conveniently enjoyed in any season, they taste even better during winters. Hot gulab jamuns are the perfect dessert for satisfying your sweet-tooth during the cold, dull days. Soft, spongy and melt-in-the-mouth gulab jamuns are made with maida, khoya, kesar and cardamoms, made into round balls and dipped in the chaashni (sugar syrup), leaving it sweetened and heavenly. Here is a recipe of gulab jamun you would love to devour.
Hot gulab jamuns are the perfect dessert for satisfying your sweet-tooth
8. Gur Ka Halwa
This Gur ka halwa not only packs the richness of jaggery but also desi ghee, sooji and nuts. Here's the recipe for you to make at home.
9. Til Ki Chikki
A crunchy snack made with sesame seeds and sugar, perfect to satisfy your mid-meal cravings. Click here for the recipe.
So step in the kitchen and get set to make these wintery desserts a part of your sweet corner. Do let us know which is your favourite dessert of all!